FraGeeLay | Karbach Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Ford on 12-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 119 |  Reviews: 14
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2.5/5  rDev -38%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

002: 2/20/13 12-oz tulip [3/5]
008: 12/8/13 shaker pint full; 2/22/14 4-oz snifter [both occasions, 2/5]

What disappoints me most about Fra-Gee-Lay is that it's such a perfect example of why Karbach, in my opinion, made such a great decision separating Bourbon Barrel Hellfighter out from the rest of the FUN series. BBH: good use of a barrel. The rest of FUN? I cannot say the same thing.

Yule Shoot Your Eye Out is a pretty good Christmas beer. It's not amazing by any stretch, but it's certainly not a beer that I think could be called bad. It's fairly good. Put it into a barrel and suddenly you have a damn mess.

The smell is completely off, with notes of mildew and rubbing alcohol. The beer is significantly flatter than expected, with essentially no carbonation to speak of, which means there's nothing to distract you from the taste, which again reiterates the rubbing alcohol and mildewy aromas. Do I get spices? Yes. Many of the same spices that make Yule pretty good turn into something stale and harsh in Fra-Gee-Lay.

In all, I'm not sure why I tried this a third time. Maybe because the first time wasn't nearly as bad as the second and I was hoping the second was an anomaly and would be vindicated by the third. But there won't be a third time.

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2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of maximum12
3.05/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to drummermattie02 for my first two tastes of Karbach, this being the last of the duo. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife amongst a snowstorm. On the 18th. Of fucking APRIL.

Pour is a clay-streaked muddy brown, kind of like my backyard would be if it wasn't fucking covered in snow. Fast-disappearing cap. Nose boast spices by the metric yard, cinnamon & nutmeg are two I imagine I can ID. Light vanilla is the only hint of barrel. Like smelling cookies from a stranger's kitchen & thinking "ooh, these could be really good or really awful."

FraGeeLay is like Paul Bunyan kicking you in the face - if Paul's boot were made of spices. Massive spices overwhelm that base beer, the barrel, several snow-covered robins outside my window, & a small bur oak in the backyard. Tons of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, on & on, you name it, it's probably in here. The barrel makes a cameo mid-palate & is immediately drowned out by the spicing: faint bourbon, skeleton of vanilla. Honestly, several ounces in, I could have split this bomber with 3-4 people & been content.

Too much spice, too little beer, too little barrel. This isn't bad, in fact it's decent enough, but it's one note & that note gets tinny after repeated sips. Mediocre.

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3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fun Series 008. 2013.

A - Poured a deep brown colour with a bid of a muddy look to it. A thin layer of cream coloured head formed and reduced to a thin film over the top of the beer.

S - Spice notes dominate the nose with cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice coming though. Some roast and a hint of chocolate. Not much of the barrel aging is noticeable but there is perhaps a faint hint of oak that I wouldn't have detected had I not been searching for it.

T - A big spice bouquet dominates - ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. Some roast and chocolate and a somewhat astringent oak flavour are also present. No bourbon or vanilla come through at all. Way too much spice in this one, which almost completely mutes the barrel notes aside from an unpleasant oak astringency.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

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3.24/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 008 from the fun series

Pours a large layer of beige tan head. Color is black.

Flavor profile: a whole mess of spice. Nutmeg and cinnamon. A touch of pumpkin. Some chocolate. Very malty. The bourbon shows, but it isn't dominate. Definitely tastes like a winter warmer.

Mouthfeel: spiced and warming. Medium to full bodied. Ends with more spices.

Overall, a decent winter warmer, but the spices take away from the barrel flavors. Too much spice.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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FraGeeLay from Karbach Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 119 ratings